Antonio Brown to Tampa Bay Buccaneers Still Not a Done Deal

April 8, 2021 2:58 am

The Bruce Arians-coached Tampa Bay Buccaneers started the 2020 NFL campaign with some new names on their roster. Tight end Rob Gronkowski came out of retirement to sign a short-term deal in Florida.

But their top acquisition last summer was 6-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady. He helped bring in some big names last season, including former New England Patriots teammate, Antonio Brown.

Jan 3, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown (81) runs with the ball as Atlanta Falcons cornerback A.J. Terrell (24) attempted to defend during the second half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Brady reportedly personally approached coach Arians and Bucs GM Jason Licht for AB. The former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver was eligible to return to the NFL after serving an 8-game ban for off-field issues.

He penned a short-term deal with the Buccaneers. Antonio Brown even went on to catch a touchdown pass from Brady in the 9-31 Super Bowl LV win over Kansas City Chiefs.

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Antonio Brown eager to return to Tampa Bay; No sign of contract yet

NFC South franchise, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were the definite dark horses in the NFL last time out. They started off as outside challengers to make the NFL Playoffs.

They obviously exceeded expectations by going all the way and winning the Super Bowl LV title at the Raymond James Stadium in February.

A large reason behind their success was the arrival of Brady, Gronkowski, and Antonio Brown. The latter had 500+ receiving yards and 6 TDs last season. GM Jason Licht has managed to tie down all 22 starters from their Super Bowl LV triumph.

Nov 8, 2020; Tampa, Florida, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers receiver Antonio Brown before the game against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

But Brown is yet to agree on an extension in order to remain in Florida this year. Here’s what RB Leonard Fournette (who recently signed a short-term deal with the Buccaneers) had to say about playing alongside AB.

Reports in The Tampa Bay Times indicate that both parties involved are coming to an amicable solution. In fact, Brown has been linked with Pete Carroll’s Seattle Seahawks as well, amongst other teams in the NFL.

With 11,746 receiving yards and 79 receiving TDs, AB remains one of the top wide receivers the NFL has ever seen. Where do you think the soon-to-be 33-year-old will land this summer? Tell us in the comments section below.

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Daniel Arambur

Daniel Arambur is an NFL writer and content strategist for EssentiallySports.With more than 1,000 articles, he is one of the senior writers in the NFL cohort at ES. A mass media graduate from the University of Mumbai, Daniel has found the perfect blend of vocation and passion in the sports content niche. He has previously written for Sportscafe and Republic World. In addition to that, Daniel has completed his first level in Spanish linguistic training with Hispanic Horizons. With respect to the NFL, Daniel is a keen admirer of the old guard in Green Bay Packers' Aaron Rodgers, while also closely following the career trajectory of the effervescent Tom Brady. The Mass Media graduate backs Patrick Mahomes to go on and make his mark as the ‘greatest to ever do it’ in the National Football League.

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